(Minghui.org) Greetings, Revered Master! Greetings, Fellow Practitioners!
I was born in an ordinary family in mainland China. My family had a well-known rice noodle business. As the youngest of three children, I grew up spoiled by my parents. My brother and sister also did all the housework and never let me do anything. People often said that my father would not marry me out casually, but I married a husband who has nothing and lives far away in Taiwan.
After practicing Falun Dafa, I realized that everything was well arranged. There was a reason why I came to Taiwan, all the way from mainland China. I would like to share my family’s cultivation experience.
Taking Up Dafa
My husband and I obtained the Fa at the same time on July 15, 2012. Prior to that, my husband was very interested in supernatural abilities and superpowers. He felt that he could obtain these skills by practicing Qigong. He went online to look for Qigong information and found that everything cost money. We were not in a very good financial situation at that time, so he gave up. Once, he accidentally clicked on the Dafa website, and saw that Dafa teaching was free and could not believe it.
My husband asked me to practice with him. At the beginning, I only did the exercises and did not study the Fa. In order to let me read the book Zhuan Falun, he often said to me, “If you have anything that you need to take care of, let me know and I will do it so that you can read Zhuan Falun.” He also shared with me how wonderful the book is and that I should read it carefully.
Later, when we joined local Fa study, did the group exercise sessions, or participated in Dafa activities, we brought our two daughters with us. So they also began to practice Dafa as well.
The Joy of Obtaining the Fa
Before practicing Falun Dafa, I suffered from hepatitis B and gynecological diseases. I also had problems with my vocal cords. I had to sleep more than ten hours a day, yet I still felt very tired. I went to clinics and hospitals to look for a cure and was told that the vocal cords of a normal person are straight, but my cords were curved. The only way was to go through surgery, with a 50% success rate. So I gave up the idea of surgery.
Ten months later, I was fortunate enough to obtain Dafa. I went out to participate in morning exercises every day. About a month later, I suddenly discovered that I was able to speak and many other illnesses disappeared. I was also able to work more than ten hours a day. I only needed four or five hours of sleep, and I was full of energy.
Prior to the practice, my husband had a lot of bad habits, such as drinking, smoking, and gambling. He had a very bad temper as well. One day in the middle of the night, his friend called and said that he was going to commit suicide. My husband was already drunk at the time, but he still wanted to save his friend after he received the call.
Being drunk and in a rush to get to his friend’s place, my husband was involved in a car accident. He was issued a huge fine and ordered to take driving classes again. Shortly after this car accident, we came across Falun Dafa. After we returned home from the practice site for the first time, my husband said, “I will never drink again.” He really kept his promise. Many of our neighbors were amazed by his change.
Our older daughter had a bloating issue since she was born. We had to take her to see the doctor often. Every page of the health insurance book was full of stamps for our hospital visits. This continued until elementary school and it did not improve much.
When she obtained the Fa during the fourth grade, she often envied that other children did not have to study the Fa or do the exercises, and could do whatever they wanted. But after practicing for a period of time, her body became healthier, and her health insurance book was almost no longer used. Only then did she realize the wonderfulness of Dafa cultivation.
She also went with me to different activities to introduce Dafa to more people. She had been very shy since she was a child. Now she became more outgoing. Sometimes fellow practitioners wanted to take her out to do Dafa activities, and she was also very happy.
Our younger daughter had atopic dermatitis at birth and had to drink special milk. She often had to go to hospitals for treatment. These problems were also improved soon after practicing Falun Dafa.
Supporting One Another as a Family on Our Cultivation Path
Our cultivation path has not always been smooth. Fortunately, as a family, we can support one another and improve together. Here are a few examples:
I had a strong attachment to fear. My colleagues often said to me, “How could you do anything if you are always afraid?” I realized Master was giving me hints that I should eliminate the attachment to fear.
When I first obtained the Fa, as long as there was experience sharing, our whole family would go together. Every time my husband asked me to share my experience, I was too afraid to talk. My husband would remind me and push me over and over again. I finally broke through my fear and started sharing with the group. Now I am not only not afraid to talk, but sometimes I cannot stop talking. I am really grateful to my husband’s help in making the breakthrough.
When I first obtained the Fa, I would sometimes still talk about everyday people’s things. My husband would say, “I don't want to listen. I’m not interested in everyday people’s business.” Sometimes we went out to study the Fa. My husband often had to rush me. I always had a question in my mind, “Why can others take it slowly, but I can’t? He always acted like a veteran student instructing a new student. He was extremely strict with my cultivation.” Later, I realized one day that he has been here to support me and help me in my cultivation. This day happened to be the 20th anniversary of our marriage.
One day in July this year, when I came home from work, I scolded my younger daughter for not being diligent enough in cultivation. She became upset and cried and said a lot of complaints to me. I was busy cooking and did not say too much. After a while, she suddenly came over and said, “Mom, I’m sorry. I was wrong. Starting from tomorrow, I will take the initiative to do the exercises every day.” I doubted if she would be able to truly do it.
The next day, she turned on the music player and did the exercises herself. She said she suddenly enlightened to a lot of new understandings of the Fa principles and she kept crying after that.
One day, she saw a fellow practitioner’s article published on Minghui.org and it read: “Master did not give up on me as a disciple who did not do well and continued to encourage me time and time again. How can I not cherish all of these and not practice diligently?” She understood why fellow practitioners would burst into tears when they read articles on the Minghui website.
She also said, “Dafa is so good, why didn’t I see it before?” She regretted that she used to spend two hours watching movies. It was such a waste of time. It would have been great if she spent that time studying the Fa and doing exercises! Later, in order to save time in showers, she chopped off her long hair so the shower time could be cut in half.
Recently, she also said, “I am very anxious. I must hurry up and practice. I cannot waste any minute.” Although she is very busy every day, she feels very fulfilled. She also found that after being diligent in cultivation, her grades have improved a lot, even though she did not have to spend as much time on course work as before. She realized the effect of getting twice the result with half the effort.
Master has said,
“Studying the Fa well definitely won’t affect anything of yours in your cultivation, and on the contrary, it will help you get twice the results at your job or with your schoolwork with half the effort.” (Teachings Given on Lantern Festival Day, 2003)
A few years after obtaining the Fa, my husband began to slack off in cultivation. For a period of time, I was very angry and didn’t even want to cook for him. I thought to myself, “Dafa is so good. You led me to obtain the Fa at the beginning. Why are you now slacking off in cultivation?” Later, fellow practitioners suggested that if I wanted my husband to come back on track, I must treat him well. Then I started to change my attitude towards him.
“Of course, while we’re cultivating in the ordinary world we’re supposed to respect our parents and be good to them, just as we should teach our kids and discipline them. In every situation we should be good to others and be kind to people, let alone your family members.” (Lecture Six, Zhuan Falun)
Three or four years have passed, seeing that my husband hasn’t changed much, I let go of my eagerness to change him. That became a turning point. In August this year, when my husband saw our younger daughter becoming so diligent in cultivation, he was very touched and began to change. One day, he said to our older daughter, “Your sister is very diligent now. You should too.” He also started studying the Fa and doing the exercises again, and came back to the path of cultivation.
During the summer break of her high school sophomore year, our older daughter went to the practice site to do the exercises almost every morning. Before going to bed at night, she reminded me to wake her up and do the exercises the next day. She was afraid that she would oversleep. She would say thanks to me when she came back from the exercises. After school started, she followed the same morning routine and recited Lunyu on the bus to school. After school, she studied the Fa after finishing homework. She did all of this because of the influence of her younger sister.
When we obtained the Fa, our family often went out to the group Fa study together. Once I saw a young couple assisting their very young child in reading Zhuan Falun. I was very touched. When I returned home, I told my children, “From now on, I will read Zhuan Falun with you.” So we read the book together every night. Both of our daughters were in elementary school at that time. In a blink of an eye, our family has obtained the Fa for nine years now.
My younger daughter once said, “Our entire family is practicing Falun Dafa and we need to improve together as a family.” I realized that we came here from a distant celestial body, each with our own mission, and we are destined to become a practitioner family. Our family will support one another and walk well on the rest of our cultivation path so as to live up to Master’s grace of salvation.
Thank you, Master!Thank you, fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2021 Falun Dafa Experience Conference in Taiwan)
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